4 December 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

Human Rights Foundation of Turkey Documentation Center[1][2][3][4][5]

4 December 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(12/058) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

The Ministry of National Defence declared that 1 soldier (Mehmet Altun) died in a clash in Afrin area of Syria in December 3, 2020.

(12/059) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 3, 2020 that, in Izmir Şakran T Type Prison 30 prisoners are kept in a ward for 14 people, and prisoners are given only 27 beds, the food given to prisoners is very few, and the wards are cold because the heating does not work enough.

It is learned from the news coverage of December 3, 2020 that, in Muğla Seydikemer Prison, 35 prisoners are kept in a ward for 18 people.

(12/060) Detained Co-Mayor, Members and Executives of Political Parties in Şırnak…

On December 1, 2020, 23 people including Cizre co-mayor Berivan Kutlu who was suspended and replaced by a trustee, and members and executives of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) and Democratic Regions Party (DBP) were detained through an investigation against Democratic Society Congress (DTK) in house raids in central, Idil, Cizre, Uludere and Silopi districts of Şırnak. 6 people (Cemil Gün, Fikret Cin, Kadir Kunur, Elfesya Nas, Yakup Tanış, Şemse Kara) are released by the court on judicial control conditions on December 3, 2020. 1 person (Ekrem Şavlı) is arrested on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’. It is learned that 9 people are still under custody 7 people were released on judicial control conditions on December 2, 2020.

(12/061) Detained Union Executive for ‘Insulting the President’…

On December 3, 2020, a representative of The Union of Retired Employees (Emekli-Sen) Marmaris, Kasım Çağlı is detained on the grounds of ‘insulting the President’ in social media posts.

(12/062) Investigation Against a Person for ‘Insulting the President’…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 3, 2020 that, a person named Tahir Yıldırım in Sultanhisar district of Aydın, made an official statement at district security office through the investigation against him on the grounds of “insulting the President” in social media posts. It is stated in the news reports that the President was not mentioned in the social media post.

(12/063) Journalists on Trial in Istanbul…

The case against co-executive editors Eren Keskin and Hüseyin Aykol, and managing editor Reyhan Çapan and journalist Hasan Başak, from Özgür Gündem newspaper which was closed down by a state of emergency decree, is held at Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 13 on December 3, 2020. The court adjourned the trial.

(12/064) People on Trial in Ankara…

The first trial of the case against 19 people, for the press declaration to protest money transfer from the Red Crescent to Ensar Foundation, is held at Ankara Penal Court of First Instance No 25 on December 3, 2020.

The indictment demands sentence for 19 people on the charge of ‘violation of the Law on Meetings and Demonstrations’.

After defence hearings the court adjourned the trial to January 22, 2021.

(12/065) Person on Trial for Social Media Posts…

The final trial of the case against a person named M. B., on the charges of ‘provoking the public to hatred and hostility’ and ‘publicly degrading the religious values of a section of the public’ is held at Istanbul Penal Court of First Instance No 39 on December 3, 2020.

The court sentenced M. B. to 6 months and 7 days and deterred the announcement of the verdict.

(12/066) Person on Trial in Bitlis…

The final trial of the case against writer Gulgeş Deryaspi is held at Bitlis Heavy Penal Court No 2 on December 3, 2020. The court sentenced Gulgeş Deryaspi to 6 years and 3 months on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

Gulgeş Deryaspi was detained on July 25, 2019 and was arrested by the court on July 30, 2019. He was released at the first trial held on March 31, 2020.

(12/067) Penalty Fine Imposed to Political Party Members…

It is learned that 45 members of HDP who participated in the press declaration to protest detention of HDP co-chairs in Osmaniye, are imposed to penalty fine of a total 139,500 Turkish Liras for ‘violation of social distancing rules’.

(12/068) Penalty Fine to Social Media Companies…

On December 3, 20202, the Information and Communication Technologies Authority (BTK) imposed a fine of 30 million Turkish Liras on social media companies with more than a million daily visitors, namely Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram, Periscope and Tiktok, for failing to comply with the new social media law, which requires to open an office and report a legal representative in the country. The Information and Communication Technologies Authority has imposed a fine of 10 million Turkish Liras on November 4, 2020, for the same reason.

(12/069) Dismissal of Judges and Prosecutors…

On December 3, 2020 that, 13 judges and prosecutors are dismissed from their duties by the Council of Judges and Prosecutors, on the grounds of “having connection, cohesion or affiliation with illegal organisations or structures, formations or groups that are operating against the state”. Dismissed judges and prosecutors are: Bursa Public Prosecutor Mehmet Şakir Karataş, Gaziantep Public Prosecutor Mehmet Aksu, Gaziosmanpaşa district Judge Ahmet Şaldırdak, Kumluca district Judge Gülşah Kavak, Bayburt provincial Judge Havva Nur Fidan, Muş Public Prosecutor Mehmet Emin Bora, Midyat provincial Judge Kübra Tunçay, Bingöl Public Prosecutor Hayati Çetin, Şırnak Public Prosecutor Emrah Çiçek, Eğil district Judge Murat Çiçek, Şile Public Prosecutor Habip Gündüz, Kuşadası Public Prosecutor Ramazan Çevik and Gölbaşı Public Prosecutor Selahattin Yılmaz.

(12/070) Proceedings Against Parliamentary Members…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 3, 2020 that, 62 proceedings demanding lift of impunity of 39 parliamentary members are submitted to Grand National Assembly.

Parliamentary members subjected to proceedings are:

  • DBP Co-chair and Diyarbakır MP Saliha Aydeniz (5 proceedings)
  • HDP Van MP Tayip Temel (1 proceeding)
  • HDP Izmir MP Murat Çepni (1 proceeding)
  • HDP Urfa MP Nusrettin Maçin (1 proceeding)
  • HDP Istanbul MP Dilşat Canbaz Kaya (1 proceeding)
  • HDP Izmir MP Serpil Kemalbay (1 proceeding)
  • HDP Siirt MP Meral Danış Beştaş (1 proceeding)
  • HDP Van MP Muazzez Orhan Işık (1 proceeding)
  • HDP Diyarbakır MP Dersim Dağ (1 proceeding)
  • HDP Siirt MP Sıdık Taş (1 proceeding)
  • HDP Batman MP Mehmet Rustu Tiryaki (1 proceeding)
  • HDP Muş MP Gülistan Kılıç Koçyiğit (2 proceedings)
  • HDP Van MP Murat Sarısaç (2 proceedings)
  • HDP Istanbul MP Ali Kenanoğlu (1 proceeding)
  • HDP Istanbul MP Oya Ersoy (1 proceeding)
  • HDP Hakkari MP Sait Dede (1 proceeding)
  • HDP Diyarbakır MP İmam Taşçıer (1 proceeding)
  • HDP Adana MP Tülay Hatimoğulları Oruç (1 proceeding)
  • HDP Diyarbakır MP Semra Güzel (3 proceedings)
  • HDP Şırnak MP (2 proceedings)
  • HDP Diyarbakır MP Remziye Tosun (2 proceedings)
  • HDP Urfa MP Ayşe Sürücü (3 proceedings)
  • HDP Van MP Sezai Temelli (2 proceedings)
  • HDP Şırnak MP Nuran İmir (4 proceedings)
  • HDP Diyarbakır MP Hişyar Özsoy (2 proceedings)
  • HDP Batman MP Feleknas Uca (2 proceedings)
  • HDP Ağrı MP Abdullah Koç (1 proceeding)
  • HDP Muş MP Şevin Coşkun (2 proceedings)
  • HDP Şırnak MP Hasan Özgüneş (2 proceedings)
  • HDP Ağrı MP Dilan Dirayet Taşdemir (3 proceedings)
  • HDP Batman MP Ayşe Acar Başaran (1 proceeding)
  • HDP Mardin MP Ebru Günay (2 proceedings)
  • CHP Antalya MP Cavit Arı (1 proceeding)
  • CHP Istanbul MP Aykut Erdoğdu (1 proceeding)
  • TIP Hatay MP Barış Atay (1 proceeding)
  • IYI Party Tekirdağ MP Enez Kaplan (1 proceeding)
  • IYI Party Mersin MP Zeki Hakan Sıdalı (1 proceeding)
  • MHP Sivas MP Ahmet Özyürek (1 proceeding)
  • Independent Istanbul MP Ahmet Şık (1 proceeding)

(12/071) Covid-19 Pandemic…

The Ministry of Health declared that 187 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 6,511 new Covid-19 ill patients were diagnosed on December 3, 2020. It is also declared that the daily number of Covid-19 case is 32,381.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 14,316 and total number of confirmed ill patients is 520,167 as of December 3, 2020.

It is learned that 7 health workers (doctor Ahmet Elser, doctor Ahmet Oğuz Tezcanlı and doctor Ferruh İlter in Istanbul, anaesthesia technician Ümit Zan in Hatay, doctor Ahmet Zare in Yalova, emergency medicine specialist Mehmet Karakum in Kocaeli and doctor Mustafa Selek in Izmir) lost their lives due to Covid-19 on December 3, 2020.

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